Penn Splits at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Duals
--The Statesmen grapplers rolled over their NCAA Division II hosts to
begin the day, but were then handed a similar fate themselves in falling
to another NCAA Division I foe at the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Penn (9-7) opened the Duals by dominating host SIU-Edwardsville,
46-3, but then fell for the third time this year to a program from the
highest collegiate division with a 27-18 score to
. The Statesmen had already lost to Division Iís Bloomsburg (
) and Purdue at the Purdue Duals in December.
Matthew Chustz (Fr.,
, Manassas Park HS) gave the Statesmen a positive start against the
Cougars with an 11-4 victory at 125 as Penn won the first five matches of
the meet. Dustin Howa (Fr., Price,
, Carbon HS) then picked up the first of three forfeits, collecting his at
Earl Robinson (So.,
, Davenport Central HS), who recently broke the school single-season mark
for takedowns, picked up six more in a 21-4 technical fall win at 141.
The sophomore now has 140 takedowns on the season, surpassing Darren
, McNair HS) mark of 123 from last season.
Cotton claimed a default victory in his only match of the day
at 149, while Brandon Graham (So., Oskaloosa, Oskaloosa HS) concluded the
five-match win streak with a 20-5 technical fall at 157 to put Penn up
25-0 at that point. T.J. Stuart (Fr., Eddyville, Eddyville-Blakesburg
HS) suffered Pennís only loss against the Cougars, falling 6-0 at 165,
but Abel Trujillo (Jr., Durham, N.C., Riverside HS) got the Statesmen
rolling forward again with a 48-second pin at 174.
Jorge Ortiz (Jr., Chicago, Ill., Wilbur Wright HS) also won,
taking a 4-2 decision at 174, before Mark Lovelace (Jr., Adrian, Mo.,
Adrian R-1 HS) and Jordan Wall (Fr., Liberty, N.C., Eastern Randolph HS)
put the exclamation point on the meet win by claiming forfeit victories at
197 and 285, respectively.
Chustz opened the dual against the Panthers of Eastern
Illinois by receiving a forfeit victory. Howa put Penn up 9-0 with a
5-2 decision, but then the Statesmen backtracked a little as Robinson fell
8-3 at 141. Paul Carter (Jr.,
, Carson HS), who stepped in for Cotton at 149, helped put his squad back
up by nine at 12-3 with a 7-4 decision. Angelo Love (Sr.,
, Joliet Township HS) also replaced a Penn starter in Graham but did not
fare as well, losing by fall in the second period.
Stuart kept the Statesmen on top at 165 with a 7-1 decision,
but the Panthers finally caught up to their foes at 174 as
lost by fall in the final seconds to knot the meet at 15-15. Ortiz
notched Pennís final win of the day at 184 with a 6-3 decision to give
Penn the lead back at 18-15, but Lovelace (forfeit in the second period)
and Wall (pin) both succumbed to defeat and Eastern Illinois came away
with the meet win.
Next time: Penn travels to
to compete in the NAIA Central Regional Tournament, Saturday, at 9 a.m.
Regional champions in 2003 and 2004, the Statesmen are be looking to
reclaim the regional title after finishing second a year ago to Dana
(Neb.). Cotton will lead his squad as he pursues his third title in
as many years. No other currently-eligible Penn wrestler has yet won
a regional title in their careers.
William Penn vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 46-3
125--Matthew Chustz (P) won by decision over Sean Mead, 11-4 (3-0)
133--Dustin Howa (P) won by forfeit (9-0)
141--Earl Robinson (P) won by technical fall over Nathan Decker, 21-4
149--Darren Cotton (P) won by injury default over Joe Rujawitz (20-0)
157--Brandon Graham (P) won by technical fall over Andrew Isensee, 20-5
165--John Ficht (E) won by decision over T.J. Stuart, 6-0 (25-3)
174--Abel Trujillo (P) won by fall over Jacob Petri, 0:48 (31-3)
184--Jorge Ortiz (P) won by decision over Dan Midgett, 4-2 (34-3)
197--Mark Lovelace (P) won by forfeit (40-3)
285--Jordan Wall (P) won by forfeit (46-3)
William Penn vs.
125--Matthew Chustz (P) won by forfeit (6-0)
133--Dustin Howa (P) won by decision over Tony Metzger, 5-2 (9-0)
141--Chase Beebe (E) won by decision over Earl Robinson, 8-3 (9-3)
149--Paul Carter (P) won decision over Jeff Tharp, 7-4 (12-3)
157--Thomas Johnson (E) won by fall over Angelo Love, 3:53 (12-9)
165--T.J. Stuart (P) won by decision over Tyler Brucker, 7-1 (15-9)
174--Kenny Robertson (E) won by fall over Abel Trujillo, 6:47 (15-15)
184--Jorge Ortiz (P) won by decision over Greg Perz, 6-3 (18-15)
197--Terron Williams (E) won by forfeit over Mark Lovelace (18-21)
285--Danny Perez (E) won by fall over Jordan Wall, 0:29 (18-27)